Bench to bedside strategies demonstrate Ionis' foremost expertise in RNA-targeted therapeutics at DIA/FDA Oligonucleotide Conference

CARLSBAD, Calif., Oct. 28, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: IONS), the leader in RNA-targeted therapeutics, announced today that Ionis scientists will give presentations highlighting antisense medicines for neurological diseases and two LIgand Conjugated Antisense (LICA) medicines, IONIS-FXI-L(Rx) and IONIS-TMPRSS6-L(Rx) at the DIA/FDA Oligonucleotide-Based Therapeutics Conference in North Bethesda, Maryland, Oct. 28-30, 2019. The presentations by Ionis will showcase the company's expertise in the field of antisense medicines and the potential of these medicines to transform the treatment of patients with rare and common diseases.

C. Frank Bennett, Ph.D., Ionis' senior vice president of research, will present the conference keynote address, 'Antisense Based Therapy for Neurological Diseases' on Tuesday, October 29 at 9:05 a.m. ET. The keynote will highlight the company's neurodegenerative programs including potential first-in-class therapies for diseases such as spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and Huntington's disease.

Other data and topics covered in the platform presentations, panels and posters will include:

    --  The benefit of using antisense medicines to address an unprecedented
        range of diseases in both rare and broad patient populations
    --  The therapeutic potential of IONIS-FXI-L(Rx), an antisense medicine
        designed to treat patients with clotting disorders
    --  The therapeutic potential of IONIS-TMPRSS6-L(Rx) designed to treat
        patients with beta-thalassemia
    --  The Ionis approach to developing antisense medicines to treat patients
        with ultra-rare diseases
    --  The Ionis strategy for addressing regulatory agency inquiries regarding
        RNA-targeted medicines during marketing application reviews

Following is a list of key presentations of Ionis programs and collaborations in Eastern Time:
Oral Presentations:

    --  Monday, October 28, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 'Development Considerations
        for a 2 -MOE/DNA-modified ASO for the Treatment of Alexander Disease'
    --  Monday, October 28, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 'Batten Disease Patient Story
    --  Monday, October 28, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 'Strategies for Addressing
        Regulatory Agency Questions During Marketing Application Review for
        Oligonucleotides Drugs'
    --  Monday, October 28, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 'IONIS-FXI-L(Rx), an FXI
        GalNac Conjugated Antisense Drug, Produces Potent and Sustained
        Reduction in FXI Activity in Normal Volunteers'
    --  Tuesday, October 29, 9:05 a.m. - 10:05 a.m. 'Antisense Based Therapy for
        Neurological Diseases'
    --  Wednesday, October 30, 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 'New Approaches to
        Off-Target Assessment for ASOs'

Poster Presentations:

    --  Monday, October 28, 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. 'Pharmacodynamics and
        Toxicology Assessment of IONIS-TMPRSS6-L(Rx,) a 2'-MOE ASO Conjugate
        that Targets Human TMPRSS6'
    --  Monday, October 28, 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. 'IONIS-FXI-L(Rx), an FXI
        GalNac Conjugated Antisense Drug, Produces Potent and Sustained
        Reduction in FXI Activity in Normal Volunteers'

The full list of presentations can be found on the DIA website. The above listed dates and times are subject to change. Please check for the latest information.

As the leader in RNA-targeted drug discovery and development, Ionis has created an efficient, broadly applicable, drug discovery platform called antisense technology that can treat diseases where no other therapeutic approaches have proven effective. Our drug discovery platform has served as a springboard for actionable promise and realized hope for patients with unmet needs. We created the first and only approved treatment for both children and adults with spinal muscular atrophy as well as the world's first RNA-targeted therapeutic approved for the treatment of polyneuropathy in adults with hereditary transthyretin amyloidosis. Our sights are set on all the patients we have yet to reach with a pipeline of more than 40 novel medicines designed to treat a broad range of diseases including cardiovascular diseases, neurological diseases, infectious diseases, pulmonary diseases and cancer.

To learn more about Ionis visit and follow us on twitter @ionispharma.

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